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O RC A S The Gem of the San Juans

2018–2019 VISITOR GUIDE & BUSINESS DIRECTORY

Courtesy of Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce

OrcasIslandChamber.com • 360-376-2273


Welcome to Orcas Island – truly the “Gem of the San Juan Islands.” Located between the Washington mainland and Vancouver Island, Orcas is considered by many to be the most beautiful of the San Juan Islands. Rural in nature, the island features a variety of lodging possibilities, from charming Bed & Breakfasts to Inns & Resorts. Shopping and activities on Orcas are nearly endless.Whether you’re looking for art galleries featuring Northwest artists or a hike in the 5200-acre Moran State Park, Orcas provides you with a variety of yearround activities.

ORCAS ISLAND

The island – noted by locals as looking like an upside-down horseshoe – is geographically divided into several charming ‘hamlets.’

Orcas Village is the arrival point for the Washington State ferry.

Here you’ll find gift shops, a grocery store, a post office, lodging, restaurants and outdoor activities.

West Sound features a marina, lodging possibilities, a restaurant, and a community center.

Deer Harbor is the farthest point West on Orcas, and offers full marina services, various lodging choices, a restaurant, and water activities.

Eastsound is the town center on Orcas, and extends beyond the

village core. Eastsound proper is largely a walking village, offering shops of all kinds, many accommodation choices, a variety of restaurants, and many family & visitor activities. To the Southwest is Crow Valley, home to lodging, a museum, and the golf course. West Beach is due west from Eastsound and offers shops, lodging, and YMCA Camp Orkila. Located just to the South and East of Eastsound is Rosario, where you’ll find many lodging choices, as well as the famed resort of the same name, a restaurant, a general store, a marina, and lots of activities, including the nearby Moran State Park.

Olga & Doe Bay are small in size, but offer visitors many choices, including restaurants, lodging, arts & crafts galleries, and plenty of activities.

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce PO Box 252, Eastsound, WA 98245 • (360) 376-2273 65 North Beach Road, Eastsound • OrcasIslandChamber.com 2018 Visitor Guide design by Wade Campbell


What’s Inside

Photo: Wade Campbell

Getting to Orcas Island…4 A Glimpse at our Ferrytale Life on Orcas...5 Where to Stay…6-9 Orcas by the Numbers…9 20 Things that Make Orcas Island What it is…10 Historic Places…11 Where to Eat…12-13 The Arts on Orcas Island…14-15 Orcas Island – The Mecca of Kayaking…16 Activities & Adventures…17-21 Orcas’ Orcas...22 Shopping “the Rock”…23-25 Services and Organizations…26-28 Celebrating Farms & Food in the San Juans…29 Weddings & Events…30-31 Orcas Island: The Long View…32 Orcas Island – A Family Adventure!…33 Helpful Telephone Numbers…34 2018/2019 Events Calendar…35 Moran State Park Overview…36 Handy Maps…37

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Getting to Orcas Island

By Car & Ferry

A leisurely ferry ride is the perfect transition to take you from the busy freeways of the mainland to the quiet country roads of the islands. (The ticket you purchase is for a round trip). Walk-on passengers are also welcome.

By Plane

Catch a small plane at various Northwest locations, including Seattle’s SeaTac airport, Boeing Field, Lake Union, or Lake Washington, and be on Orcas Island in approximately 45 to 60 minutes. Regular and charter flights are also available from other regional airports. Take a shuttle bus from SeaTac right to the Anacortes ferry landing.

By Boat

There are several docking options for boaters, from day moorage to marinas. Some seasonal favorites are Rosario, West Sound, Deer Harbor, Obstruction Pass, West Beach Resort, Olga & Eastsound.

Photo: JRobert Demar

Transportation options are found on page 26.

Important: Reservations are now available on Washington State Ferries

to help make trip planning easier and more predictable. How do you save a spot? Go to www.takeaferry.com. There is no fee to make a reservation, however, you need a credit/debit card to reserve your spot. When you get to the tollbooth in Anacortes you will pay for your roundtrip fare. Reservations are highly recommended for travel to the islands and your return to Anacortes. If you need to travel at the last minute or can’t make a reservation for the day you’d like to travel, try traveling standby. While you may not always get on the sailing of your choice, there is often space available when people don’t show up for their reservations or when reservation holders end up traveling at a different time.

See current sailing schedule at: www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries To Washington State Ferry from Interstate 5: Take exit #230, drive west on Hwy. 20 to Anacortes (30 minutes). Turn right on Commercial Ave. and drive north, turn left at the light on 12th St. The ferry terminal is two miles ahead.

BIKING ON ORCAS ISLAND Orcas Island roads, with steep hills, blind curves, and sometimes little or no shoulder, are challenging for bike riders at every level of ability. Please use extreme caution when biking Orcas Island roadways. OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING SIMPLE GUIDELINES: 4

u After leaving the ferry, pull off the roadway until all ferry traffic has passed. u Travel single file in small groups of 3 or 4, widely spaced apart. u Stop only on straightaways and move completely off the road. u Use bicycle turnouts whenever possible.


A Glimpse at Our Ferrytale Life on Orcas Island by Edee Kulper • www.lifeonanorthwestisland.com Unless you own a plane, you get really familiar with traveling to and from Orcas Island on the ferry. Everything changes the moment you arrive at the ferry landing and wait to board. For visitors who are used to the fast life, it can be a challenge to stop and be. For others who are here precisely for the peace and quiet, it’s a joy to eschew busy-ness. Once on the ferry, if you choose the warmth of the passenger deck above, the views are stunning. The 60- to 80-minute ride to Orcas is relaxing; people are friendly and one can chat the whole time or enjoy the solitude. Either way, it’s a perfect segue to life on the island.

Once here, the serenity and beauty take over your being. Summer beauty here is stunning –­ crystal clear skies, views of mountains and the sea through the forest, and breathtaking colors all around. Winter beauty incites reflective contemplation and inward creativity – windswept seas; sylvan scenes; and nature in the palettes of grays, browns, and dark greens. One thing you’ll experience in any season is the friendliness of our people. The time to chat. The eye contact and the waves from drivers along the road. A bit like Little House on the Prairie in modern times, Orcas Island is a place where locals greet each other throughout the day and tourists, once de-city-fied, no longer avert their eyes. Whether living here or visiting here, Orcas Island is a storybook place to be.

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Where to Stay: Lodging & Accommodations Your choice in accommodations on Orcas Island is as varied as the island itself. Possibilities include charming Bed & Breakfasts, Inns, Hotels & Resorts of all types; and rental homes & cottages for your friends and family to enjoy. The colored dots and grid identifiers next to a listing refer to the location on the maps at the back of the Guide. Listings without this information have no map location.

Orcas Lodging Association.

We offer the finest lodging accommodations on Orcas Island. B&B’s, resorts, cottages, condominiums & hotels. Orcas-Lodging.com. 360-376-2297

BED & BREAKFASTS Deer Harbor / West Sound

The Inn on Orcas Island. “One of the 20 best seaside getaways on the West Coast” – Sunset Magazine. 114 Channel Rd. TheInnOnOrcasIsland.com. 360-376-5227

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Double Mountain Bed & Breakfast.

Unforgettable panoramic view. 2 rooms & a 2-room suite with kitchen & deck. Private baths. Close to Eastsound Village. 660 Double Hill Rd. DoubleMountainBandB.com. 360-376-4570

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Kangaroo House Bed & Breakfast.

Romantic, historic 1907 4 Craftsman B&B within walking distance of Eastsound Village. Rave reviews A10 for the delicious organic breakfasts. 1459 North Beach Rd. KangarooHouse.com. 360-376-2175

Old Trout Inn.

Suites have private Jacuzzi & deck. Sauna in the Pond Suite. On quiet, wooded acreage with beautiful garden. Continental breakfast included. 5272 Orcas Rd. OldTroutInn.com. 360-376-7474

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Otters Pond Bed & Breakfast.

Close to Moran State park on a large, 5 protected pond/wetland. Award-winning breakfasts, classy comfortable D11 bedrooms, private baths, fabulous hot tub, high-speed internet. OttersPond.com. 360-376-8844

Turtleback Farm Inn.

Again, one of “The 1000 Places to See Before 8 You Die.” 80 tranquil acres, spotless accommodations, honored breakfasts C8 & gracious service. 1981 Crow Valley Rd. TurtlebackInn.com. 800-376-4914

CAMPING / GLAMPING Deer Harbor

Island Westys.

Classic VW Westfalia multi-day rentals for exploring and camping around the San Juan Islands. IslandWestys.com. 360-376-2770

Eastsound and Surrounding Area

LEANTO @ Moran State Park.

Take the easy way out & enjoy an outfitted glamping tent in the park wilderness. South End Loop. StayLeanto.com. 360-298-1684

Mount Baker Farm Campground.

A family-friendly campground & guesthouse accommodations with a train & children-friendly animals. 706 Mt Baker Rd. MountBakerFarm.com. 360-298-2686

West Beach Resort.

Beachfront cottages, RV, camping, marina, activities, seasonal food & beverages. Family-friendly resort on the west side of the island. 190 Waterfront Way. WestBeachResort.com. 360-376-2240 6

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Olga / Doe Bay / Obstruction Pass

Doe Bay Resort & Retreat.

Oceanfront camping! Includes outdoor soaking tubs, sauna, guest kitchen, library, yoga studio & more. Seedto-table Café, massage & General Store. 107 Doe Bay Rd. DoeBay.com 360-376-2291

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INNS / HOTELS / RESORTS Deer Harbor / West Sound

Deer Harbor Inn.

Boutique lodge, private cottages with fireplaces, hot tubs, restaurant & massage. Walk to marina, whale watching & kayaking. Pet friendly. 33 Inn Lane. DeerHarborInn.com. 360-376-4110

Kingfish Inn.

Gracious, romantic country inn – not at all pretentious, yet undeniably elegant. Steps from sparkling waters of West Sound. Casual restaurant. KingfishInn.com. 360-376-2500

Pebble Cove Farm.

Waterfront suites overlook Massacre Bay. Enjoy our private beach, rowboat, organic garden & farm animals. Organic continental breakfast. 3341 Deer Harbor Road. PebbleCoveFarm.com. 360-376-6161

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Beach Haven Resort.

Secluded log cabins with decks on a private beach. Furnished with full kitchens & wood stoves. Families welcome, no pets please. 684 Beach Haven Rd. Beach-Haven.com. 360-376-2288

Inn at Ship Bay.

11 water view rooms each w/balcony, private bath, king-sized bed, Franklin fireplace & other amenities. Farm-to-table seasonal dining overlooking Ship Bay. 326 Olga Rd. InnAtShipBay.com. 360-376-5886

Landmark Inn on Orcas Island.

Waterview condos for nightly/ weekly rentals in Eastsound. Private decks, kitchens, WiFi, easy walk to shops/restaurants. 65 Main St. Manager@OrcasIsland-Landmark.com. 360-376-2423

North Beach Inn. 13 housekeeping cottages on private pristine

beach. Family vacations, romantic getaway or personal retreat. Petfriendly, fireplaces, moorage. Historic Lodge for events. 650 Gibson Rd. NorthBeachInn.com. 360-376-2660

Outlook Inn & New Leaf Café.

Boutique Hotel and Restaurant located on the water in Eastsound. 171 Main St. OutlookInn.com. 360-376-2200.

Rosario Resort & Spa.

Listed on the National Historic Register. Featuring water-view accommodations, restaurant, lounge, spa, marina, museum and boutique. RosarioResort.com. 360-376-2152

Smuggler’s Villa Resort.

Comfy, family-friendly 2-bedroom waterfront vacation homes. 10-acre site, pool, hot tubs, beach, fire pit & amazing sunsets! 54 Hunt Rd. SmugglersVilla.com. 360-376-2297

West Beach Resort.

Beachfront cottages, RV, camping, marina, activities, seasonal food & beverages. Family-friendly resort on the west side of the island. 190 Waterfront Way. WestBeachResort.com 360-376-2240.

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Doe Bay Resort & Retreat.

Pristine waterfront accommodations, seed-to-table Cafe and onsite garden, yoga, massage, outdoor soaking tubs, General Store, kayaking and more! 107 Doe Bay Rd. DoeBay.com 360-376-2291

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Orcas Village

The Orcas Hotel.

Full-service historic hotel overlooking the ferry. A great place to stay & see all the islands have to offer. Rent the whole hotel for events! 18 Orcas Hotel Rd. OrcasHotel.com. 360-376-4300

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VACATION RENTALS / COTTAGES Deer Harbor / West Sound

All Dream Cottages.

Waterfront cottages – romantic & private with fully-equipped kitchens, large decks, breathtaking views, resident wildlife & more. All a Dream. DreamStayOrcas.com. 360-376-2500

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Cabins on the Point.

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Cape Cod romantic waterfront cabins facing sunny, private beach. Full kitchen, fireplace, BBQ, kayaks, hot tub, campfire, water view. Perfect for a honeymoon. 2101 Deer Harbor Rd. CabinsOnThePoint.com. 360-376-4114

Gnome House/Maggie’s Manor/Grandma & Grandpa’s Getaway. Romantic getaways & family vacations on 140-acre estate. Waterfront, gardens, meadows & ponds. Orcas-Island-Rentals.com. 360-376-2480

Once in a Blue Moon Farm.

Cottage farm suites & beach locations. Separate family Beach House. Wet bars/kitchens, decks, gardens, views. 35-acre historic farm & orchard. 412 Eastman Rd. OnceInABlueMoonFarm.com. 360-376-7035

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The Crow’s Nest.

Charming studio apartment in beautiful West Sound! 26 Fabulous water views from private deck. Public beach & dock right across E7 the street. 942 Deer Harbor Rd. cto@rockisland.com. 360-376-4633

Turtlehead Farm.

Our cabin sits on a mossy knoll, adjacent to Turtleback Mt. preserve. Beautiful barn & gardens. Perfect for nature & equestrian lovers. 231 Lime Quarry Rd. Info@TurtleheadFarm.com. 360-376-3649

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Buckhorn Farm Bungalow.

Perfect country setting for island adventures. Lovingly restored cottage sleeps 4 with full kitchen, gardens, close to beach. Couples/families welcome. 17 Jensen Rd. BuckhornFarm.com. 360-376-2298

Cherie L Lindholm Real Estate.

Full service real estate and property management. Vacation rental specialists. OrcasHomes.com. 360-376-2204

Eastsound Chinook Studios & Wisteria Cottage.

Moderately priced accommodations on 5 sunny pastoral acres. Short walk to Village shops. Orcas1.com. 360-376-4330

Highlands Sunset House.

Beautiful 3BD, 3BA home. Sleeps 9. Wonderful view of Eastsound & points beyond. Watch the eagles fly from the deck. 519 Highlands Dr. AirBnB.com/Rooms/17748482. 360-317-6095

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Indian Island Suites.

Upscale, beautifully furnished, luxurious setting 16 in Eastsound. Complete with full kitchens, laundry, jetted tubs, satellite TV. D1 Perfect home away from home. 18 Fishing Ally. 3IndianIslandSuites@gmail.com. 360-298-2219

Islandview Haus.

Offering a luxury stay for families & friends. Includes 33 a gourmet kitchen, full service spa, game/media rooms, pool table, tipi & B11 amazing island views. Parker Reef Rd. IslandviewHaus94@gmail.com

NW Island Escapes.

We offer the largest vacation rental portfolio in the San Juans. Beautiful private homes with professional management. VacationRentalsSanJuanIslands.com. 800-391-8190 or 360-378-3601

SeaStar Lodging.

Launch your island explorations from these exceptional & immaculate lodgings – 3 homes & 4 delightful condos offer accommodations for 2-12. 344 Main St. SeaStarOrcasIsland.com. 360-593-9538

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The Salish-Seaside Escapes.

Artisanal waterfront cottages located just outside of Eastsound. 327 Sunset Ave. The-Salish.com. 360-376-2234

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Bayside Cottages.

Lovely cottages with full kitchens. 12 private, waterfront acres. Private beach access, views of Mt Baker, Rosario Strait & nearby islands. 65 Willis Ln. Orcas1.com. 360-376-4330

Blackberry Beach Cabin.

Waterfront cabin in the quiet village of Olga. Access to pebble beach & close to Moran State Park. 22 First St. BlackberryBeach.com. 360-376-2845

Buck Bay Getaway.

Enjoy the Getaway from the shorelines of Buck Bay with views of our oyster farm in the San Juan Islands. BuckBayShellfishFarm.com. 360-376-5280

Cabin at Spring Bay.

Waterfront cabin surrounded by 137 acres of parkland. Hot tub, fireplace, hiking trails. Sleeps 3. Kayaks & rowboat available. 464 Spring Bay Trail. SpringBayOnOrcas.com. 360-376-5531

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The Cottages at Orcas Landing.

A cozy collection of seaside cottages perfectly positioned to be your home base as you explore the San Juans. 8292 Orcas Rd. TheCottagesAtOrcasLanding.com. 540-742-4882

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ORCAS BY THE NUMBERS

5252.Acreage of land in Moran State Park 4894.Residents of Orcas Island 2409.Elevation of Mt. Constitution in feet 247.. Average annual days with sunshine 172.. Number of named islands in the San Juans 77.... Shoreline of Orcas Island in miles 57.... Orcas Island total square miles (largest of the San Juans) 40.... Maximum speed limit on the island (less in many areas) 27.... Driving miles from farthest points on island 4...... Number of Ferry-served islands in the San Juans 3...... Gas stations on Orcas Island 1...... Orcas Island’s place in your heart after visiting 0...... Number of stop lights on Orcas Island

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20 Things that Make Orcas Island What it is by Edee Kulper • www.lifeonanorthwestisland.com

1. Time slows down the minute you get in line to wait for the ferry to the island 2. Natural beauty surrounds you wherever you are 3. The community genuinely cares about each other 4. Going to the store is a social event – you know half the people there 5. You can buy your veggies and meat from local family farms 6. Fashion is not an issue 7. There are no stoplights, chain stores, fast food joints, or malls 8. The fastest speed allowed is 40 MPH 9. Strangers wave to you from their cars, even if you’re a tourist 10 There’s a festivity just about every week and sometimes every day 11. There are flower stands, egg stands, and veggie shacks where you can leave your money in metal boxes and jars on the honor system 12. Artists, gardeners, ceramicists, sculptors, and painters abound here 13. The mayor is an annually-elected pet (it’s a fundraiser for a local school) 14. We have our own film festival in October 15. You can kayak along the coast, swim in the lake, and climb to the highest point all in a day 16. Wildlife is abundant – rabbits at the ferry landing, deer in your yard, eagles above, owls at night, geese on the shore, frogs in the ponds, and the list goes on 17. The weather can change by the hour – or by the minute 18. Street names really are what they’re called: Enchanted Forest Rd, Mt Baker Rd, Prune Alley, Rose Hip Rd 19. It never gets too hot or too cold 20. You can take a short ferry ride over to San Juan or Lopez Island to shop, eat and explore 10

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Historic Places on Orcas Island Orcas Island has a unique history, and a glimpse at that history can be found in its historic landmarks. The following is a sampling of those buildings. Please respect the buildings, grounds, and businesses that may be in these historic treasures.

Orcas Hotel (Orcas Village)

Victorian structure built by William Sutherland, a Canadian entrepreneur, in 1904. National Register of Historic Places.

Deer Harbor Community Club (Deer Harbor) Built as the Deer Harbor School in 1905, it is now a community gathering spot.

Crow Valley School Museum (near Eastsound) Built in 1888, and serving as the Crow Valley School until 1918, it now houses photos and artifacts. National Register of Historic Places

Outlook Inn (Eastsound)

Previously housing a store, post office and barber shop, this 1888 structure took its present name in 1942.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church (Eastsound)

Modeled after an English country church, this 1886 building was designed by Rev. Sidney Gray, the first rector. National Register of Historic Places.

Orcas Island Historical Museum (Eastsound)

Six early settlers’ cabins (late 1800s) are featured on the Museum’s grounds. Originally from various parts of the island, each structure was reassembled at the site in 1956. See island artifacts; massive Heron sculpture.

Rosario Resort (near Eastsound)

Built in 1906 by Robert Moran, who also served as Mayor of Seattle, the mansion’s teak and brass recall Moran’s ship-building expertise.

National Register of Historic Places.

Observation Tower on Mt. Constitution

(Moran State Park)

Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (WPA) in 1936, of sandstone hauled from nearby Sucia Island, it is patterned after 12th Century watchtowers of southeastern Europe.

Artworks Building in Olga (Olga)

Built in 1936 as a strawberry barreling planton land owned by local strawberry growers, it is now a cooperative art gallery and café. Washington Heritage Register of Historic Places.

Doe Bay Post Office (Doe Bay)

Now part of an island resort, this 1908 building was part of a complete village port used for freight and passengers. National Register of Historic Places.

For more information about Orcas Island’s history and its Historic Places, please contact or visit the Orcas Island Historical Museum. The museum is open to the public, providing exhibits and presentations, as well as a research center for our island history. Visit OrcasMuseums.org, or call 360-376-4849. Photo: Wade Campbell

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Where to to Eat: Eat: A A Dining Dining Guide Guide Where Breakfast, lunch or dinner…Orcas Island restaurants offer an amazing range of delicious eating experiences in every price range. From simple pub fare to fine dining, variety is the name of the game, and local, organic produce is often the mainstay of a satisfying meal created by some of the Northwest’s top chefs. Current restaurant hours at www.bit.ly/OrcasDining.

RESTAURANTS / CAFÉS / CATERING Deer Harbor

Deer Harbor Inn Restaurant.

Fine Pacific NW cuisine in casual elegance. Water views. Fresh local seafood & produce. Catering & weddings. Dinner Only. 68 Inn Lane. DeerHarborInnRestaurant.com. 360-376-1040.

Island Pie.

Offering waterfront dining in Deer Harbor with a menu of pizza, pasta, salads and desserts. Vegan & Gluten Free options. 11 Jack & Jill Pl. MyIslandPie.com. 360-376-2505

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Brown Bear Baking.

Perfect for breakfast, lunch or a late day treat! 1 Artisanal hearth-baked bread, pastries, soup, sandwiches & divine desserts. E2 29 N Beach Rd. Facebook.com/BrownBearBaking. 360-855-7456

Clever Cow Creamery.

Locally made premium ice cream with hand-made waffle cones, affogatos, shakes, malts, shrub floats, sundaes, & chocolate popcorn. Seasonal food Oct–May 109 N. Beach Rd. CleverCowCreamery.com. 360-376-5222

Country Corner Deli.

Breakfast, lunch & dinner. Closest stop to Moran State park! Pizza, burgers, subs, pastries & fresh-roasted coffee. 837 Crescent Beach Dr. 360-376-6900

Darvill’s Coffee Bar.

Serving Batdorf & Bronson espresso drinks, Theo sipping chocolate, local pastries from Roses & Endswell Bakeries Daily 8:00 – 5:30. 296 Main Street. 360-376-9866

Inn at Ship Bay.

Dining Room & Lounge features local, seasonal farm-to-table inspired cuisine. Wine & Cocktail lists include many local wines, beers & spirits. 326 Olga Rd. InnAtShipBay.com. 360-376-5886

Kathryn Taylor Chocolates.

Artisan chocolates made from fresh, local & organic ingredients. Elegant desserts, Snoqualmie Ice Cream & Stumptown Coffee. Corner of N Beach Rd & Main St. KTChocolates.com. 360-298-8093

New Leaf Café at The Outlook Inn.

Boutique Hotel and Restaurant located on the water in Eastsound. 171 Main St. OutlookInn.com. 360-376-2200

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Orcas Food Cooperative.

Community-owned grocery store stocking 15 organic, natural, local & non-GMO foods. Deli, produce, gluten free & vegan D3 options. 138 N Beach Rd. OrcasFood.coop.  360-376-2009

Pizzeria Portofino.

The only thing better than the view is our pizza. By the slice or the pie. Hot & cold sandwiches & salads. Open daily. 274 A Street, 2nd Floor. 360-376-2085

Rosario Resort & Spa.

Listed on the National Historic Register. Featuring water-view accommodations, restaurant, lounge, spa, marina, museum and boutique. RosarioResort.com. 360-376-2152

Roses Bakery Café.

Supporting sustainable farming. Menu reflecting the seasons. Wholesome food prepared with care. Store featuring breads, wines, cheeses, cured meats, cookware & more. 382 Prune Alley. 360-376-4292 (café) 360-376-5805 (shop) 12

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Sugar on Top.

Delicious local ice cream on top of the world – highest viewpoint in the San Juans – out of our vintage Airstream. 4960 Mt Constitution Rd. OrcasAdventures.com. 360-376-4665

The Barnacle.

A treasured cozy craft bar & restaurant. Cocktails and elixirs delight the pallet, paired with small plates featuring local purveyors. 249 Prune Alley. Facebook.com/BarnacleBar. 360-622-2675

The Loft at Madrona.

A modern & elegant dining experience with views overlooking downtown Eastsound & the bay. 310 Main St, Suite 201. MadronaLoft.com. 360-376-7173

The Madrona Bar & Grill.

Waterfront dining featuring burgers, steaks & seafood. Full bar, draft beer & NW wines. Open daily for lunch, dinner & happy hour. 310 Main St, Suite 105. MadronaBarandGrill.com. 360-376-7171

The White Horse Pub.

Orcas Island’s waterfront Irish Pub. Delicious Irish/seafood and Pub grub. Full service bar & large TVs. Open to all ages. 246 Main St. IslandWhiteHorse.com. 360-376-7827

Wild Island: Juice Bagel & Bowl.

Seasonally local, routinely organic breakfast, lunch and dinners. Real bagels, rice bowls, bone broth, juices & smoothies. We love kids! 18 Urner St. WildIslandJBB@gmail.com. 360-298-3404

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Catkin Cafe.

Serving hearty fare for breakfast & lunch. Fresh baked 16 goods, strong coffee, local beer & wine. Friendly, relaxed atmosphere in the F12 Artworks Gallery. 11 Point Lawrence Rd. CatkinCafe.com. 360-376-3242

Doe Bay Café.

World-class seed-to-table cuisine with waterfront views. 13 Serving locally raised meat and Pacific NW seafood on a vegetable forward E14 menu. 107 Doe Bay Rd. DoeBay.com. 360-376-2291

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Octavia’s Bistro in The Orcas Hotel.

Delicious seafood, steaks, spirits & lively atmosphere overlooking the harbor. Call for specials & reservations. 18 Orcas Hotel Rd. OrcasHotel.com. 360-376-4300

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Red Rabbit Farm.

Chef Christina Orchid recreates the farm dinners she remembers from her youth. Featuring local raised beef, lamb, garden produce, seafood & fruit. RedRabbitFarm.com. 360-376-3208

West Sound Café.

Gracious, romantic country inn – not at all pretentious, yet undeniably elegant. Steps from sparkling waters of West Sound. Casual restaurant. KingfishInn.com. 360-376-2500

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TheArts: Arts:Crafts Crafts& &Performances Performances The The artistic talent on Orcas Island is some of the most renowned in the Pacific Northwest. The island’s many creative forces will surely keep you entertained, be it original artwork & pottery, or musical & theatrical presentations unrivaled in the region.

ARTS & CRAFTS: GALLERIES / STUDIOS / POTTERY / TEXTILES Orcas Island Arts Special Events

Orcas Artists 3-Day Studio Tour.

August 10-12. Free! Visit the working studios of top Orcas artists. Watch demonstrations, meet the artists & purchase their most recent work. OrcasArtistsStudioTour.com. 360-376-2755

Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Art of the Salish Sea.

Unique gift items, glass, Coast Salish original art, prints, cards, carvings, garments & jewelry. Leather and silk with native style. 344 Main St, Suite 102. salishart@orcasonline.com. 360-376-2355

Jacqueline Kempfer Artist Studio.

An art gallery and working studio featuring Jackie’s original paintings of Orcas Island scenery in watercolor, oil & Sumi ink. 474 North Beach Rd, Suite #1. JacquelineKempferArtist.com. 360-376-2282

Kingfisher Eastsound Studio.

Orcas-inspired original Chinese Brush Paintings and Watercolors. 474 N Beach Rd #3. 360-376-4693

Orcas Island Pottery.

Jeweltone pottery, 12 local potters, 150-yr-old log cabin, 72 years in business, treehouse, great view, a must-see location. 338 Old Pottery Rd. OrcasIslandPottery.com. 360-376-2813

Peter C. Fisher Gallery.

Enjoy stunning photographs of the San Juan Islands by artist Peter Fisher. Unique panoramas, historic photos & maps. 138 N Beach Rd. PeterCFisher.com. 360-376-5955

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Shinola Jewelry.

By appointment only. Custom design in gold and other precious metals. Pieces available on site. Watch batteries and minor repairs. 360-376-4508

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James Hardman Gallery.

Featuring paintings by Orcas Island artist James Hardman in the loft of the historic Strawberry Barn in Olga. Open daily 10-5. 11 Point Lawrence Rd. JamesHardman.com. 360-376-4588

Olga Pottery.

The studio/showroom of Jerry Weatherman. Creating finely crafted porcelain & stoneware on Orcas since 1980. Corner of 3rd Street in Olga. 6928 Olga Rd. OlgaPottery.com. 360-376-4648

Orcas Island Artworks.

We are a fine art co-operative gallery of 47 island artists, located in a historic building in the Hamlet of Olga. 11 Point Lawrence Rd. OrcasArtworks.com. 360-376-4408

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Todd Spalti Art.

Creating commissioned wood and steel sculpture for nearly 30 years. Some examples of work can be viewed at the studio by appointment. ToddSpalti.com. 360-376-6010

Warm Valley Orchard LLC.

Handmade yarns/textiles from our sheep & other natural fibers. Seasonal fruits/meats/vegetables from our farm, orchard & garden. Daily 9:30 am–5 pm, or by appt. 124 Warm Valley Lane. WarmValleyOrchard.com. 360-376-4386. 14

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ENTERTAINMENT: PERFORMING ARTS Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Orcas Center.

Arts & cultural hub of the community hosting dance, music, theatre & visual arts. Venue available for both public & private events. 917 Mt Baker Rd. OrcasCenter.org. 360-376-2281

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival.

August 3-18, 2018. 21st season of world-class chamber music! Riveting concerts, renowned musicians, fascinating lectures, convivial receptions, free Children’s Concert. 917 Mt Baker Rd. OICMF.org. 360-376-6636

Orcas Island Film Festival.

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Featuring a curated selection of critically acclaimed international films & audience favorites direct from their debuts at the world’s greatest film festivals. 221 A Street, Suite 5B. OrcasFilmFest.com. 360-378-7527

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Orcas Island — The Mecca of Kayaking by Jeff Zbornik and Tom Carter Orcas Island is renowned as a destination – a ‘mecca’ – for kayakers. The natural beauty of the environment, abundant wildlife, and scattered state park island campsites provide a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the islands intimately from a kayak. The islands are also known for their sometimes challenging conditions, so it is important to consider your ability and options when planning your kayak journey in the San Juans.

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There are several options for kayaking on Orcas Island, and it is important to consider these realistically. We have outfitters offering guided tours, and these are recommended for most visitors. Kayakers with training and practice in rescue techniques and paddling in currents may choose to bring their own kayaks. Instruction for all levels of kayakers is also available from several outfitters. If you plan on kayaking as a continuing sport, this is a great place to get the proper skills training. During part of the year, recreational kayaks are even available for rent on Moran State Park’s Cascade Lake. As beautiful as the surrounding sea is, paddlers need to be aware of strong currents, cold water, and capricious winds as challenges in the islands. Wind and current can build up extremely rough waters in certain areas, which aren’t necessarily obvious looking at a chart or the terrain. Experienced island instructors and guides know how to avoid these hazards. The wildlife available for viewing from a kayaker’s vantage point can be amazing. Whales, porpoises, otters, seals, sea lions, and many marine birds make the islands their home. Being aware of appropriate behavior around wildlife is important for all who paddle. Many animals are legally protected from harassment, and all should be approached with care and respect. Kayakers are in a unique position to enjoy – and impact – wildlife in the islands. Your kayaking adventure can happen on Orcas Island! Contact a local outfitter with questions about what may be appropriate for your plans and skill level. Many people have their first kayak experience on Orcas Island each summer. Both novice and skilled kayakers enjoy exploring the beautiful San Juan Islands. 16


Activities & & Adventures Adventures Activities The moment you arrive on the island, your Orcas adventure begins! A multitude of activities are available for adults, children & families. Be active…relax…explore…it’s your call as Orcas Island has it all!

BICYCLES: RENTALS & REPAIRS Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Wildlife Cycles.

Electric bikes make riding Orcas fun! We also have road, mountain and kid’s bikes. Rentals, repairs, apparel, accessories and sales. 350 North Beach Rd. WildlifeCycles.com. 360-376-4708

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BOATING / SAILING / CHARTERS / RENTALS Deer Harbor

Classic Daysailing.

Let’s Go Sailing! 3-hr daysails aboard the classic 33’ sloop Aura in the heart of the islands. No experience required. Bring your own picnic. Deer Harbor Marina. WardFay@rockisland.com. 360-376-5581

Orcas Boat Rentals & Charters.

Get out on the water! Power & sailboat rentals for half-day or full-day. Fishing, wildlife sightseeing, exploring the islands. 5164 Deer Harbor Rd. OrcasBoatRentals.com. 360-376-7616

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Day Sailing Tours from Rosario Resort.

Deer Harbor Charters. No Experience necessary. Departures 12 & 3 PM, 2-3 hour tours. Book Online! DeerHarborCharters.com. 360-376-5989

Orcas Adventures.

We offer kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, paddle boards, and row boats to get you out on the lake. 3786 Olga Rd. OrcasAdventures.com. 360-376-4665

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Outer Island Excursions.

Guaranteed whale watching! Private & 7 shared charters, fishing, island hopping, boat rentals, sunset dinner cruises. A10 You name it, we do it. OuterIslandX.com. 360-376-3711

West Beach Resort.

Motor boats, paddle boards, canoes & kayak rentals. Fishing & crabbing rentals & tackle. Kayak tours & whale watching charters. 190 Waterfront Way. WestBeachResort.com. 360-376-2240

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Orcas Island Sailing.

We provide a relaxed & fun sailing opportunity for families & friends. Custom hands-on Sailing Lessons & Classic Sailboat Rentals. 1945 Obstruction Pass Rd. OrcasSailing.com. 360-310-0100

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BREWERIES & LIQUOR/WINE SHOPS Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Eastsound Liquor & Wine.

Orcas Island’s only full-service Liquor and Wine shop. Mixers, bar tools, gift bags & related accessories. Open Daily! 410 Prune Aly. EastsoundLiquorAndWine.com. 360-376-2616

Island Hoppin’ Brewery.

Enjoy a pint of local beer in our tasting room or patio. Light snacks & games available for all ages. 33 Hope Ln. IslandHoppinBrewery.com. 360-376-6079

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Orcas Island Distillery.

National Gold Medal-Winning handcrafted spirits. Small batches from heritage island fruits & organic grains. Visits by appointment. OrcasIslandDistillery.com. 360-376-7077

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CAMPS Deer Harbor

Four Winds Westward Ho Camp.

Nonprofit, residential summer 12 camp for children. Sailing, horses, music, arts & crafts and sports in a natural F7 setting. FourWindsCamp.org. 360-376-2277

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YMCA Camp Orkila.

Summer day & overnight camps. Leadership & expedition trips for teens. Weekend family camps, outdoor environmental education for schools, retreats & conference space. 484 Camp Orkila Rd. CampOrkila.org. 360-376-2678

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FARMS / FARMERS’ MARKET / SHELLFISH Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Girl Meets Dirt.

Jam shop and production kitchen in Eastsound, preserving island fruit for year-round bounty. Complimentary tastings. 208 Enchanted Forest Rd. GirlMeetsDirt.com. 360-375-6269

Maple Rock Farm.

Self-service farm stand. Open daily 10:00 to dusk. 509 Nordstrom Lane. MapleRockFarm.com. 360-622-6433

Once In a Blue Moon Farm.

Historic farm & orchard. Alpacas, Sheep, Goats, Turkeys, Geese, Chickens, Ducks. Apples, quince, figs, pears, peaches. Reservation required. Group rates available. 412 Eastman Rd. OnceInABlueMoonFarm.com. 360-376-7035

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Orcas Food Cooperative.

Community-owned grocery store stocking 15 organic, natural, local & non-GMO foods. Deli, produce, gluten free & vegan D3 options. 138 N Beach Rd. OrcasFood.coop.  360-376-2009

Orcas Island Farmers Market.

Produce, flowers, food & unique crafts all produced on Orcas Island. Saturdays. May-Sept 10-3, Eastsound Village Green & Oct-Nov 11-2, Odd Fellows Hall. OrcasIslandFarmersMarket.org.

Orcas Moon Alpacas.

Visit our family farm to meet alpacas, sheep & more. Our year-round farm stand features lamb, yarn & our famous alpaca socks! 329 Dolphin Bay Rd. OrcasMoonAlpacas.com. 360-376-2707

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Buck Bay Shellfish.

Gourmet site-grown shellfish, fresh local seafood & quality frozen products available for on-site enjoyment or take out. 117 EJ Young Rd. BuckBayShellfishFarm.com. 360-376-5280

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Warm Valley Farm LLC.

Our stand provides exquisite produce, beautiful flowers, delicious fruit, eggs and amazing heritage pork near the Ferry Landing. 7483 Orcas Rd. WarmValleyFarm.com. 360-376-4378

Warm Valley Orchard LLC.

Handmade yarns/textiles from our sheep & other natural fibers. Seasonal fruits/meats/vegetables from our farm, orchard & garden. Daily 9:30am-5pm or by appt. 124 Warm Valley Lane. WarmValleyOrchard.com. 360-376-4386

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FISHING Deer Harbor

North Shore Charters.

Sport fishing, wildlife tours, harbor tours, sunset cruises & marine State Park adventures. All tours are private & customized to your needs. 5164 Deer Harbor Rd. OrcasIslandAdventures.com. 360-376-4855 18

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Outer Island Excursions.

Salmon, Halibut, Cod, Crab & More! 7 Whale watching & fishing combos. Boats from 18-36 ft. Beginners & A10 families welcome. Smugglers Villa Resort. OuterIslandX.com. 360-376-3711

GOLF Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Orcas Island Golf Course.

9 holes with 18 tee layout. Driving range, 18 Callaway golf club rentals, golf cart & pull cart rentals available. Tee time C9 reservations recommended. 2171 Orcas Rd. GolfOrcas.com. 360-376-4400

HORSEBACK RIDING Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Old Trout Inn.

Visit Wild Rose Stable & tour the barn. Offering group & private instruction for riders of all ages/levels with a Certified Riding Instructor. 5272 Orcas Rd. OldTroutInn.com. 360-376-7474

Orcas Trail Rides.

Offering a wide range of authentic, guided horseback adventures through Moran State Park. Ages 7+. Beginners welcome! OrcasIslandTrailRides.com. 360-376-2134

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KAYAKING: TOURS / RENTAL / INSTRUCTION Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Outer Island Excursions.

Tours & rentals. 3-hour & full-day tours. Half & full-day rentals. Paddle Orcas or Sucia Island State Park. Lots of wildlife. OuterIslandX.com. 360-376-3711. 360-622-6562

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Explore the island by kayak! Small group 19 tours, several choice locations, wildlife and beautiful scenery. Custom tours D3 & group discounts. 138 North Beach Rd. ShearwaterKayaks.com. 360-376-4699

Shearwater Kayak Tours.

West Beach Resort.

Kayak & stand-up paddle board rentals in our bay, or guided sunset tours along the west side of the island. 190 Waterfront Way. WestBeachResort.com. 360-376-2240

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Kayaking at Spring Bay.

Private, personalized tours led by local, knowledgeable naturalist in a great location! Next to Obstruction Pass State Park. Beginners welcome! 464 Spring Bay Trail. SpringBayOnOrcas.com. 360-376-5531

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Orcas Island Kayaks @ Lieber Haven.

Kayaks of various designs, 20 motorboats for your own tours & rowboats for rent. Located at Lieber Haven Resort. Call for reservations. OrcasIslandKayaks.com. 360-376-2472 G13

MASSAGE / SPA / FITNESS Eastsound and Surrounding Area

A Massage By the Sea.

Creating healing memories with duet massages, couples romance, aromatherapy, hot stones, Hawaiian, Balinese foot bath/reflexology, myofascial, sports injury. Walk-ins welcome! OrcasMassage.com. 344 Main St. 360-376-8006

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Deborah Darner, LMT/Wild Rose Ltd.

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Healing Arts Center.

Where locals go for the best massage on Orcas. Swedish, Deep-tissue, Prenatal, Therapeutic, Orthopedic, Hot Stone, Reflexology, Myofascial Release, Craniosacral, Trager & Reflexology.  Celebrating 30 years! 453 N. Beach Rd. OrcasHealingArts.org. 360-376-4002

Omari Beauty Bar.

Boutique Day Spa specializing in results-oriented Facials, Sugaring for hair removal & Bridal Makeup Artistry. By appointment only, reserve yours today! 434 Madrona St. OmariBeautyBar.com.

Orcas Athletics & Crossfit.

Full Service Athletic Club: indoor pool, sauna, hot tub, racquetball court, CrossFit, group training, free weights and more! 188 A St. OrcasAthletics.com. 360-376-6361

Orcas Mandala Yoga & Bodywork Studio.

Transformation bodywork with Suzi Zobrist. Visionary Craniosacral work, scar-tissue remediation, holistic lifestyle consultant, private yoga, sacred ceremony. 38 N Beach Rd. OrcasMandala.com. 360-298-0218

Rosario Resort & Spa.

Massage, facials, manicures, pedicures, sauna, hot tub, indoor/outdoor pools, fitness center & exercise classes. Day passes & memberships available. RosarioResort.com. 360-376-2152

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Doe Bay Resort & Retreat.

Relax in our clothing-optional outdoor soaking tubs and indoor sauna followed by a specially tailored massage treatment. Yoga classes also available. 107 Doe Bay Rd. DoeBay.com 360-376-2291

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MUSEUMS Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Orcas Island Historical Museum & Crow Valley School Museum. Collection exhibits, artifacts, images & oral histories in six historic homestead log cabins & a one-room school house museum. 181 N Beach Rd. OrcasMuseums.org. 360-376-4849

Orcas W.I.L.D.

Whale & Marine Life Interpretive Center. Learn about whales & the local marine eco-system. Sign up for a whale-watching trip. OrcasWild.com. 360-376-3411

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PARKS: STATE & COUNTY Eastsound Village Green.

San Juan County Park in Eastsound on North Beach Road. Features: Seasonal outdoor events; Farmers’ Market May-October; Public Restrooms.

Eastsound Waterfront Park.

Day-use San Juan County Park in Eastsound. Picnic tables and beach access.

Moran State Park & Obstruction Pass State Park.

Moran offers 124 campsites, six primitive sites and one group camp. 10 primitive campsites at Obstruction Pass State Park (no potable water FCFS). Reservations at parks.state.wa.us or call 1-888-CAMPOUT. FriendsOfMoran.org 20

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VISITOR & FAMILY ACTIVITIES Special Events

Orcas Artists 3-Day Studio Tour.

August 10-12. Free! Visit the working studios of top Orcas artists. Watch demonstrations, meet the artists & purchase their most recent work. OrcasArtistsStudioTour.com. 360-376-2755

Deer Harbor

Deer Harbor Charters.

Experience the Island & history aboard a whale watching cruise, sailing charter or Sucia Island day trip today. Call 360-376-5989

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Orcas Animal Shelter.

The Orcas Animal Shelter is modern, clean, visitor and animal friendly. Families are welcome to pet dogs & cats. 84A Hope Lane. OrcasPets.org. 360-376-6777

Orcas Moon Alpacas.

Visit our family farm to meet alpacas, sheep & more. Our year-round farm stand features lamb, yarn & our famous alpaca socks! 329 Dolphin Bay Rd. OrcasMoonAlpacas.com. 360-376-2707

Orcas W.I.L.D.

Whale & Marine Life Interpretive Center. Learn about whales & the local marine eco-system. Sign up for a whale watching trip. OrcasWild.com. 360-376-3411

Stanley Steamer Tours.

1-hour historical tour of Orcas Island in a 1912 Stanley Steamer Touring car. Find us in front of the Orcas Island Historical Museum. StanleySteamerTours.com. 360-610-3562

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WHALE & WILDLIFE TOURS Deer Harbor

Deer Harbor Charters.

Naturalist-led whale-watching tours – Deer Harbor & Rosario – Comfortable, fast, clean boats w/bathrooms. Price Match Guarantee! DeerHarborCharters.com. 360-376-5989

Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Orcas W.I.L.D.

Whale & Marine Life Interpretive Center. Learn about whales & the local marine eco-system. Sign up for a whale watching trip. OrcasWild.com. 360-376-3411

Outer Island Excursions.

Guaranteed whale sightings! Go farther, go faster, price match guarantee! OuterIslandX.com. 360-376-3711. 360-622-6562

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Eclipse Charters.

Guaranteed whale watch tours. Warm cabin, family 32 friendly & trained naturalists. Tours depart from Eastsound. Gift shop & G2 shuttle at Ferry Landing. 8368 Orcas Rd & 54 Hunt Rd. OrcasIslandWhales.com. 360-376-6566

YOGA & PILATES Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Center Works Pilates and Wellness Studio.

Boutique studio 37 offering Pilates, Gyrotonic, teacher trainings. Private/semi-private sessions C1 by appointment. Scheduled drop-in Pilates mat & tower, Gyrokinesis classes. 188 A Street. PilatesOrcas.com. 360-376-3659

Orcas Mandala Yoga & Bodywork Studio.

Walk in beauty! Daily classes, all levels. Drop-ins welcome. Private yoga & bodywork sessions available for individual, groups or special events. 138 N Beach Rd. OrcasMandala.com. 360-298-0218

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Orcas’ Orcas

by Joe Gaydos, the SeaDoc Society Although Orcas Island wasn’t named after killer whales (who are often called orcas because of their Latin name, Orcinus orca), it would have been a fine idea as we are lucky to have 3 types of orcas that frequent our waters. People are most familiar with the fish-eating type or “resident” orcas. These whales are salmon eaters, preferring Chinook as shown in recent studies. In the San Juans we most commonly see resident whales from J, K, and L pods. These 85 or so animals make up what is called the Southern Resident Community. Once thought to number 200 animals, this population was recently listed as Endangered in the US and Canada. While people most often see them in large groups off of the west side of San Juan Island where they cooperatively hunt salmon returning to spawn, they also can be seen in President Channel on the west side of Orcas, off North Beach, or in Rosario Strait off Orcas’ east side. Less commonly seen are resident whales from another community, the Northern Residents. These whales are more common north of the border, but they do make trips down into the San Juans. While the fish eaters hunt in large groups, the mammal-eating type

of killer whales, often referred to as “transients,” are usually seen in small groups of 3-5 animals. Because they hunt seals and other marine mammals, transient killer whales can be seen all around Orcas Island, especially in the late summer or early fall when there is a plethora of just-born fat, young and not-so-smart harbor seals. Occasionally, we are lucky enough to see fish-eating killer whales that come into the San Juans from the open ocean. Like the resident killer whales, these “off-shore” orcas come in to eat salmon migrating back from the open ocean. Orcas can be identified by the shape of their dorsal fin and white saddle patch and are individually known by name to experienced whale watchers. Don’t worry if you can’t tell what type of killer whale you see, some legends say that just seeing one is a gift. Get out to the beach and keep your eyes open for blows in the distance and don’t be disappointed if you don’t see an orca; there are plenty of other rewarding things to see on the beach.

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Shop “the Rock” While on Orcas (“the Rock” in local lingo), be sure to include a stroll through Eastsound and the surrounding hamlets that make up Orcas Island. As you do, treat yourself to the rich variety of local goods offered by shops of all types. You’re sure to find that special gift for friend, family, or yourself. No visit is complete without a little something from the island.

ANTIQUES / CONSIGNMENT / THRIFT SHOPS Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Kay’s Antiques.

Ever-changing array of great finds, antiques, collectibles, gifts, jewelry, Orientalia, Persian rugs, accent accessories, glassware & treasures of the heart. 123 N Beach Rd. 360-376-4538

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Huge variety of functional, working & affordable 2 items for your thrifty shopping pleasure! Post Office building on A Street. C2 Facebook.com/ScoreNiftyThrifty. 360-376-8375

The Exchange.

Orcas Island’s own reuse/thrift store! Amazing deals on amazing stuff – don’t miss it! 3398 Orcas Rd. ExchangeOrcas.org. 360-376-2126

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BOOKS & MUSIC Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Darvill’s Bookstore & Coffee Shop.

Independent & locally owned for 35 years, featuring local, children’s & carefully edited titles, magazines, notecards and home accessories. Daily 8:00 – 5:30. 296 Main Street. 360-376-2135

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Token Herb.

I-502 recreational marijuana, flower, concentrates, edibles 4 & paraphernalia. Must be 21 with valid ID. Behind Country Corner/Chevron. B10 tokenherb@rockisland.com. 360-376-8420

FLORIST / GIFTS Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Nest.

Specialty boutique offering fresh blooms sourced both locally and from afar, indoor plants and well-curated gifts. Delivery available. Open daily 10-5:30. 18 Haven Rd. NestFlowers.com. 360-376-4580

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GIFTS, CLOTHING & SPECIALTY SHOPS Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Art of the Salish Sea.

Unique gift items, glass, Coast Salish original art, prints, cards, carvings, garments & jewelry. Leather and silk with native style. 344 Main St, Suite 102. salishart@orcasonline.com. 360-376-2355

Girl Meets Dirt.

Jam shop and production kitchen in Eastsound, preserving island fruit for year-round bounty. Complimentary tastings. 208 Enchanted Forest Rd. GirlMeetsDirt.com. 360-375-6269

Jillery.

Unique jewelry, mostly handmade. A whimsical gift shop/ gallery featuring accessories for people, homes & gardens! Something for everyone. 310 Main St. jillery@rockisland.com. 360-376-5522

Monkey Puzzle.

Eclectic gifts, beads, custom vests, necklaces & homeware, including lamps, candles, diffusers, melamine. An exciting treasure hunt for all! 109 N Beach Rd. MonkeyPuzzle.com. 360-376-2275

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Olga’s.

An inspired boutique featuring a well-edited collection of women’s apparel. Fine jewelry, children’s clothing, gifts & unique items for your home. 109-C N Beach Rd. 360-376-5863

Orcas Arts & Gifts.

Family owned for 31 years. Great local art & handmade jewelry. Have custom jewelry made for you from personal treasures. T-shirts, hats, crystals, fossils & more. 245 Main St. OrcasIslandSeaGlass.com. 360-941-7297

Pelindaba Lavender.

Handcrafted lavender products for body, home, kitchen, pets, décor & more. Made locally in the San Juan Islands. 269 Main St. PelindabaLavender.com/OrcasIsland. 360-378-4248

Printshop Northwest.

Interactive screen-printing featuring local artists. T-shirts, posters, tea towels, hoodies, onesies. Pre-printed or design your own. 109 N Beach Rd. PrintshopNorthwest.com. 360-622-6277

Très Fabu!

Charming cottage boutique for women. Fresh fashion with effortless style! Discover versatile, casual and elegant clothing to brighten your day. 238 North Beach Rd. nikki@rockisland.com. 360-376-7673

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Doe Bay Resort & Retreat.

Featuring local goods, unique gifts, Doe Bay logo-wear, groceries and supplies. 107 Doe Bay Rd. DoeBay.com 360-376-2291

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GROCERY STORE / MARKET / DELI Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Country Corner Grocery.

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Island Market.

Full-service market with great selection of NW meats, seafood, produce, beer, wine & spirits. Mon-Sat 7am-9pm (10pm summer) & Sun 8am-8pm. 469 Market Street. OrcasIslandMarket.com. 360-376-6000

Orcas Food Cooperative.

Community-owned grocery store stocking organic, natural, local & non-GMO foods. Deli, produce, gluten free & vegan options. 138 N Beach Rd. OrcasFood.coop.  360-376-2009

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HARDWARE & HOUSEHOLD Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Island Hardware.

One-stop source for home hardware, paint, plumbing, electrical, automotive, garden, tools, fertilizer, feed, camping/ RV, gasoline & construction supplies. 21 West Beach Rd. IslandHardware.com. 360-376-4200

Orcas Island Hardware.

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LIQUOR & WINE SHOPS Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Country Corner.

Featured in NACS magazine for the largest & most diverse wine selection in a convenience store, having over 2000 bottles stocked. 837 Crescent Beach Dr. 360-376-6900

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Eastsound Liquor & Wine.

Orcas Island’s only full-service Liquor and 18 Wine shop. Mixers, bar tools, gift bags & related accessories. Open Daily! B4 410 Prune Aly. EastsoundLiquorAndWine.com. 360-376-2616

PET SUPPLIES Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Pawki’s – For Pets.

With an amazing selection & knowledgeable advice, Pawki’s is your island pet resource. Food, accessories, toys, gifts & more! Pets welcome. 199 Main St. Pawkis.com. 360-376-3648

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Visitor Services: Services: Visitor Personal & & Professional Professional Personal For everything else you’ll ever want or need when visiting Orcas Island … check out this guide to Essential Visitor Services. These businesses and organizations provide services that will make your trip complete!

ARCHITECTS

Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Stoltz Kau Architects.

Specializing in creative, responsible design that is uniquely suited to modern island living. StoltzKau.com. 360-376-7521

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AUTO: SERVICE & PARTS Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Island Automotive / NAPA Auto Parts.

Complete auto, truck, marine, farm, industrial parts, accessories, batteries, hydraulics, hoses & custom paint. Open 7 days a week. 1402 Mt Baker Rd. OrcasIslandNapa.com. 360-376-4901

Mt. Baker Car Wash.

Full-service, touch-free automatic car wash, 2 self-serve wash bays & vacuums. Environmentally friendly. Open 24 hours a day. 1402 Mt Baker Rd. 360-376-7770

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BUSINESS & FINANCIAL Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Islanders Bank.

Community bank with experience, strength, local knowledge & commitment in ‘Doing the Right Thing’ since 1981. Member FDIC. 475 Fern St. IslandersBank.com. 360-376-2265

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CABLE / INTERNET / COMPUTER SERVICES Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Orcas Online, Inc.

High-Speed Internet Service, surf room with workstations, computer repair, website hosting, website & network developers, scanning, faxing, copying, in-home or in-office. 254 North Beach Rd. OrcasOnline.net. 360-376-4124

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CHURCHES

Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Emmanuel Episcopal Parish of Orcas Island.

Welcoming faith community with open hearts and minds. Traditional services Sunday at 8am/10am & Thursday at 12:15pm. Misa primer sabado 6pm. 242 Main St. OrcasEpiscopal.org. 360-376-2352

Orcas Island Community Church.

A vibrant, non-denominational community church & island tradition for 134 years. Sunday morning worship & weekday programs serving all ages. 176 Madrona St. OrcasChurch.org. 360-376-6422

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS & NON-PROFITS West Sound

The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing the Sea.

A non-profit that funds & conducts research on marine fish, wildlife & Salish Sea ecosystems. 942 Deer Harbor Rd. SeaDocSociety.org. 360-376-3910 26

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EQUIPMENT RENTALS Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Mt. Baker Rentals.

Trucks, trailers, local & one-way. Aerial equipment rental up to 65 ft. Material lifting to 45 ft. Daily, weekly & monthly rates. 1402 Mt Baker Rd. 360-376-7770

Orcas Events.

Event equipment rentals – from tents to forks, napkins to dance floors, we are the place where all your event needs are met. 81 Hope Lane. OrcasEvents.com. 360-376-8376

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HEALTH CARE: CLINICS & SERVICES Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Healing Arts Center.

The largest holistic health-care resource in the 21 islands. Massage, Bodywork, Acupuncture, Counseling, Psychotherapy, B3 Licensed Midwife & Doula Services, Integrative Medicine, Nutritional/Herbalist Services. 453 North Beach Rd. OrcasHealingArts.org. 360-376-4002

Orcas Family Health Center.

Providing quality medical care & services to residents & visitors. All insurances accepted, sliding fee scale available. 1286 Mt Baker Rd #B102. OrcasFamilyHealthCenter.org. 260-376-7778

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LIBRARY Orcas Island Public Library.

Visitor cards, free internet & Wi-Fi, programs, great collection. We host the Friends’ Library Fair on the 2nd Saturday in August. 500 Rose St. OrcasLibrary.org. 360-376-4985

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OFFICE SUPPLIES & SERVICES: COPYING & FAXING The Office Cupboard.

We sell office, school, arts & drafting supplies. 14 We serve your printing, scanning, faxing passport photos & photo restoration C2 needs. 221 A Street – Post Office Building. 360-376-2378

REAL ESTATE COMPANIES / REALTORS Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Cherie L. Lindholm Real Estate.

Full service real estate and property management. Vacation rental specialists. OrcasHomes.com 360-376-2202

Orcas Island Realty.

Real estate marketing, sales & consulting. Top producing agents with in-depth knowledge of the islands. We provide personalized service as you find your perfect property. 123 North Beach Rd. Info@OrcasIslandRealty.com. 360-376-2145

Wally Gudgell Group at Windermere.

Top agent with extensive experience in sales, valuations, finance & the unique land use issues in the islands. Wally@Windermere.com. 360-507-5443 or 360-376-2172

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Windermere Real Estate Orcas Island.

Whether buying, selling or 30 renting, our highly-qualified brokers provide the excellent, personal service E3 you deserve. We’re your community real estate specialists. 18 Haven Rd. Orcas-Island.com. 360-376-8000

SCHOOLS Orcas Island School District.

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TRANSPORTATION: AIR / LAND / SEA Deer Harbor Charters.

Year-round water taxi service – Reliable passenger transportation – Contractor & group discounts available. DeerHarborCharters.com. Call Nate Averna at 360-376-5989

Kenmore Air.

Daily flights between Seattle’s Lake Union & Orcas Island; 17 wheel plane flights between Boeing Field & Eastsound Airport. Just 40 A10, E8 minutes! KenmoreAir.com. 866-435-9524 E11, F6

Orcas Island Rental Car.

Rental cars, mini vans, maxi vans, convertibles. Delivered & retrieved anywhere on Orcas Island. Call today for a reservation! OrcasIslandRentalCar.com. 360-376-7433

Water Taxi Service by Outer Island Excursions.

Daily trips to Sucia Island! We can get you to any island & mainland locations such as Blaine, Bellingham & Anacortes. OuterIslandX.com. 360-376-3711

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VISITOR INFORMATION & PUBLICATIONS Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce.

Providing visitor information about Orcas Island, including this guide. Visitor Information Center offers trip planning help.  Free weekly Orcas Events email. 65 N Beach Rd.  OrcasIslandChamber.com. Info@OrcasIslandChamber.com.  360-376-2273

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San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau.

Marketing organization for San Juan County representing Lopez, Orcas, Shaw & San Juan Islands; produces website, travel and wedding brochures. VisitSanJuans.com.  888-468-3701 or 360-378-9551

The Islands’ Sounder.

Print & electronic newspaper covering Orcas Island & San Juan County. Also produces Springtide & the Book of San Juan Islands relocation almanac. 217 Main St. IslandsSounder.com. 360-376-4500

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Celebrating Farms Farms and and Food Food Celebrating in the the San San Juan Juan Islands Islands in by Steph Coffey – Director, San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild Farming and gathering has a long tradition on Orcas Island. Driving though Crow Valley to the regions of Doe Bay, you will find farms that have been here for over a century. Stop in at fisheries, businesses and restaurants featuring mouth-watering delicacies made with foods grown and gathered throughout the islands The San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild works to continue the traditions of island agriculture by providing support and opportunities to farmers and producers. Programs like the San Juan County Food Hub, Farmers to Farmland, Island Grown in the San Juans, and Brickworks commercial kitchen all work towards fostering a vibrant, resilient and sustainable local food system in San Juan County. Experience the island way of life by: • Stopping at a farm stand or visit the Farmers Market on Saturday. • Visiting or staying on a farm is fun for the whole family and gives an opportunity for a deeper connection to where our food comes from. • Picking up the San Juan County Farm and Food Product Guide, or the Farm and Food map to find the locations and hours of where to get locally made products. • Looking for the Island Grown label advertising farms, products, restaurants and businesses committed to growing and supporting a thriving local food system and a sustainable, healthy future. From soil to sea, celebrate the bounty of abundant farms and locally-produced food in our beautiful archipelago in the Salish Sea. For more information, visit www.sjiagguild.com.

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Weddings & & Events Events Weddings Your wedding dreams come true on beautiful Orcas Island! From planners to party rentals…restaurants to resorts…flowers to facials… it’s all here. Make your wedding day a magical one on Orcas Island.

ACTIVITIES Deer Harbor Charters.

Private whale watching tours and sunset cruises. DeerHarborCharters. com. 360-376-5989

Outer Island Excursions.

Guaranteed whale-watching tours, kayak tours, fishing charters, kayak & boat rentals, water taxi service. Private charters for groups big & small. OuterIslandX.com. 360-376-3711

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CATERING Asher & Olive – The Catering Company on Fabulous Orcas Island. Showcasing gourmet island cuisine with a focus on freshness, we provide playful twists on PNW classics. AsherAndOlive.com. 360-656-6658

Deer Harbor Inn Catering.

Full, friendly catering service. Fantastic food, reasonable rates. Mobile ovens/grills to cook on location. Featuring local, fresh NW cuisine. 33 Inn Lane. DeerHarborInn.com. 360-376-4110

Eastsound Liquor & Wine.

Orcas Island’s only full-service Liquor and Wine shop. Mixers, bar tools, gift bags & related accessories. Open Daily! 410 Prune Aly. EastsoundLiquorAndWine.com. 360-376-2616

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FLORIST Nest.

We love gorgeous, wild, lush blooms & textural foliage, and use them to create something beautiful. Florals, Design, Day of Coordinating, Prop rentals, and our years on the island mean close connections help you put together your wedding team. 18 Haven Rd. 360-376-4580

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OFFICIANT Antoinette Botsford.

A lifetime studying spiritual cultures helps Antoinette create a unique & personal ceremony, incorporating personal stories and materials. RedStoryBird@gmail.com. 360-421-7755

Weddings on Orcas Island.

Sandy Playa provides private, personal, meaningful, legal ceremonies for all couples. Any Orcas Island location. Guitar, vocals available by Carl Burger. info@springbayinn.com. 360-376-5531

PLANNING Cloud 9 Events.

Logistical wedding planning & coordination: precious moments crafted with love, dedication, know-how, efficiency, style & fun. Claim your free hour consultation. CloudNineEvents.net. 855-888-6462 or 360-298-1230

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Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Orcas Events.

Event equipment rentals – from tents to forks, napkins to dance floors, we are the place where all your event needs are met. 81 Hope Lane. OrcasEvents.com. 360-376-8376

Orcas Island Lions Club.

Weddings, reunions – rent tents, tables & chairs with no setup or delivery fees. All money goes back to the Orcas Community. OrcasIslandLions.org. 888-269-6766

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WEDDING, EVENT & RECEPTION SITES Deer Harbor / West Sound

Deer Harbor Charters.

Our boats are the perfect venue for small weddings, celebrations, gatherings or functions. DeerHarborCharters.com. Call for private charter rates: 360-376-5989

Pebble Cove Farm.

Waterfront suites overlook Massacre Bay. Enjoy our private beach, rowboat, organic garden and farm animals. Organic continental breakfast. 3341 Deer Harbor Road. PebbleCoveFarm.com. 360-376-6161

Turtlehead Farm.

With our large, old-style barn and pastoral settings, this is a favorite island venue for weddings & events. 231 Lime Quarry Rd. Info@TurtleheadFarm.com. 360-376-3649

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Inn at Ship Bay.

Creating unique & unforgettable events. Seasonal 17 farm-to-table inspired menus, water-view accommodations, indoor/outdoor B10 weddings/events, all overlooking the waters of Eastsound. 326 Olga Rd. InnatShipBay.com. 360-376-5886

Maple Rock Farm.

Choose from 2 locations for hosting a charming, farm-style wedding on Orcas Island. Please call to inquire. 845 Pinneo Rd. MapleRockFarm.com. 360-622-6433

Mt Baker Farm Campground.

A family-friendly campground and guesthouse accommodations with a train and children-friendly animals. 706 Mt Baker Rd. MountBakerFarm.com. 360-298-2686

North Beach Inn.

1930’s Lodge. Kitchen, fireplace, porch overlooking private pristine beach. Small weddings, conferences, retreats, seminars. WiFi, projector/screen. Beach cottages also. 650 Gibson Rd. NorthBeachInn.com. 360-376-2660

Outlook Inn & New Leaf Café.

Boutique Hotel and Restaurant located on the water in Eastsound. 171 Main St. OutlookInn.com. 360-376-2200

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Rosario Resort & Spa.

Outdoor waterfront ceremony site on the 21 stunning Beachhouse Lawn, indoor ceremonies in the beautiful historic D11 Music Room. Reception site for up to 250. RosarioResort.com. 360-376-2222

Turtleback Farm Inn.

Offering elopements, small weddings & family events at our rural valley setting. We provide all you might need for this special event. 1981 Crow Valley Rd. TurtlebackInn.com. 800-376-4914

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Olga / Doe Bay / Obstruction Pass

Doe Bay Resort & Retreat.

Waterfront & gorgeous! Incredible on-site catering, wide range of accommodations, dedicated staff. Massage, yoga, soaking tubs, sauna, kayaking & more! 107 Doe Bay Rd. DoeBay.com. 360-376-2291

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Orcas Village

Eclipse Charters.

Intimate, unique wedding venue for 48 aboard the M.V. Orcas Express. Whale watching, activity for family gatherings & catered parties. 8368 Orcas Rd & 54 Hunt Rd. OrcasIslandWhales.com. 360-376-6566

The Orcas Hotel.

Rent the whole hotel! Full-service wedding & reception site overlooking the ferry landing. Catering, linens, staff & planning, up to 180 guests. 18 Orcas Hotel Rd. OrcasHotel.com. 360-376-4300

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Orcas Island: Island: The The Long Long View View Orcas

Eliza Habegger, Land Steward, San Juan County Land Bank

Today’s visitor to Orcas Island is drawn by the simple beauty of the place. Ocean, Douglas-fir, moss, and meadow meet at the shore. Madrona trunks glow rust-red in the evening sun. In dawn mist, a heron wades in the shallows of a bay, seeking fish. These sights please the eye and calm the mind. The first European explorers and early settlers were also taken by the beauty of the San Juans. But what really drew them here was the natural wealth of this land: grasslands for livestock to graze; rich, fertile lowlands that could be drained and farmed; abundant fish and game. There were trees to cut for lumber. There was limestone to be mined. The work was hard, but the land was free and the ocean was a convenient highway. Before that, Coast Salish people lived and visited here, supported by the abundance of the land and sea. Salmon were caught in reef-nets, a unique and effective fishing technology. Grasslands were burned to better grow camas lily and other staple food plants. Art and culture flourished. Archaeologists tell us that people may have been in these islands for 10,000 years or more. And before that, there were no people here. Birds, forests, and glaciers came and went; the sea rose and fell. The landscape of Orcas Island has been slowly changing in ways unknowable for longer than we can imagine. If only the rocks of Turtleback Mountain, recently dated to be 450 million years old, could tell their story! Much has changed, and change will continue. But the beauty of the land shines on. Generations of steadfast citizens and conservation groups have been working hard to protect it. Without their efforts, the cherished places of Orcas Island – Crow Valley, Mount Constitution, Crescent Beach, and Turtleback Mountain, to name just a few – would look quite different. Their trails, shores, and open vistas would not be available for everyone to enjoy. Residents and tourists alike, we are all no more than visitors here. Let us strive towards awareness of this land’s past, and be here with thoughtfulness and respect

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The San Juan County Land Bank is a local land conservation program. Through conservation easements or outright purchases, the Land Bank protects special places in the Islands including coastlines, farmland, forests and wetlands. For more information, contact the Land Bank at 360-378-4402 or visit www.sjclandbank.org.


Orcas Island Island — — A Family Adventure! Adventure! On Orcas you can find many fun family activities, and some of the best activities are free! Get out and enjoy nature with a visit to one of the island’s parks. Moran State Park is considered by many the crown jewel in all of Washington! Go for a hike, a swim, play at the playground, bike the trails, rent a paddle boat, have a picnic, check out the waterfalls, go fish for trout, bass, and kokanee, or just drive to the top of Mt. Constitution for an amazing view of all the islands!

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Obstruction Pass State Park is a well-kept secret. Three trails lead you from the parking lot to the beach (approximately ½ mile). All are unique and there is interpretive signage and great scenery along the way. At the beach you can check out the tide pools, put your toes in the water, or have a picnic. There are pit toilets but no running water, so bring a water bottle. The beauty of an island is the opportunity to explore our beaches and local waters. Check out the tide pools during low tide at the shoreline in Eastsound, or take a walk along nearby Crescent Beach. Make sure you are gentle with the inter-tidal critters and that you put everything back where you found it for future explorers.

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You can explore our island in so many ways — boating, sailing, whale watching tours, guided kayak tours, horseback riding, biking, nature tours, farm tours, and the list goes on. All these are well worth the price; this will be an adventure that you and the family will never forget!

Orcas Island Park and Recreation offers year-round activities for all ages including summer day camps, evening drop-in activities, and more. Recreational facilities at Buck Park include tennis and pickleball courts with a backboard, a dog park, skatepark, ball fields, and a playground. Visit www.oiprd.org for more information. And if you have a literary soul, the Orcas Island Public Library often has something going on for kids and features a terrific selection of children’s materials and story times. Visitor library cards are available, even if your Orcas visit is a short one. With all of this and more, you surely will find something for everyone in the family. Make sure that you have the appropriate footwear and clothing for your family adventure and be sure to bring snacks and water so you don’t have to go home early! There is so much for families to do together on Orcas you might have to stay a few extra days just to fit it all in! 33


Helpful Numbers (Area code 360 unless noted)

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce ���������������������������� 376-2273 Lopez Island Chamber of Commerce ���������������������������� 468-4664 San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce ����������������������� 378-5240 SJ Islands Visitors’ Bureau......................................888-468-3701 Orcas Public Library..................................................... 376-4985 Orcas Island Ferry Landing ������������������������������������������ 376-6253 Orcas Island School District ����������������������������������������� 376-2284 WA Ferries (in WA or British Columbia) �����������������888-808-7977 Out of state.....................................................206-464-6400

Emergency Numbers (Area code 360 unless noted)

All emergencies.................................................................9-1-1 Emergencies – cell phone................................9-1-1 or 378-4141 Sheriff non-emergency............................................... 378-4151 Fire Department Office................................................ 376-2331 Domestic Violence/Assault Services ���������������������������� 376-1234 Coast Guard Rescue..................................................... 734-1692 OPALCO power outages................................................ 376-3599

Medical Orcas does not have a hospital emergency room; physicians are on call after hours. EMTs & paramedics are available 24/7 for urgent medical situations. (Area code 360 unless noted)

UW Clinic Medical Center............................................. 376-2561 Orcas Family Health Center ����������������������������������������� 376-7778 Dr. Chris White Eye Clinic.............................................. 376-5310 Domestic Violence/Assault Services ���������������������������� 376-1234 Ray’s Pharmacy........................................................... 376-2230

Animals and Pets (Area code 360 unless noted)

Orcas Veterinary Services............................................. 376-6373 Wolf Hollow (wildlife)................................................. 378-5000 Orcas Island Animal Shelter ���������������������������������������� 376-6777

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2018/2019 Annual Events on Orcas Island Visit www.OrcasIslandChamber.com

April 2018

Orcas Island Literary Festival........................................................................... April 13-15 Bill Yarlott Fishing Derby............................. April 28 at Cascade Lake Sponsors: Friends of Moran May 2018

Farmers Market in Eastsound...........May 5–September 30 Saturdays 10am-3pm: Village Green

October–November Saturdays 11am-2pm: Odd Fellows Hall

Orcas Museum Shindig & Auction..................................................... May 19 at Orcas Center Orcas Pet Parade.................................May 26 in Eastsound Sponsor: Kaleidoscope Daycare Center June 2018

Martin Lund’s One World Music Festival....................................... June 15 & 16: Orcas Center Solstice Parade Celebration..................................... June 23 beginning at Noon in Eastsound Orcas Island Garden Tour.................................. June 23 & 24. Sponsor: Orcas Island Garden Club July 2018

Deer Harbor Fireworks........................................... July 3. Sponsor: Bellport Deer Harbor Marina Eastsound Fireworks..................................... July 4. Sponsor: Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce Orcas Museum Historical Days............................... July 7: Village Green Sponsor: Orcas Museum Orcas Community Parade............................... July 7. Sponsor: Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce Olga Daze......................................................July 14 10am-3pm Sponsor: Olga Community Club Orcas Island Cider & Mead Festival....July 28, 11am-4pm: Village Green Sponsor: Childrens’ House August 2018

Doe Bay Fest.......................................................................................August 1-6: Doe Bay Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival (21st Season!) �����������������������������������������August 3-18 Sponsor: Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival

Orcas Fly-In & Antique Car Show ....................................August 3-7. Sponsor: EAA Chapter 937 Orcas Island Library Fair..................................... August 11. Sponsor: Orcas Island Public Library Orcas Island Jazz Festival............................................. August 30-Sept 2 Sponsor: Orcas Center September 2018

Orcas Museums Annual Silent Auction........September 1: Village Green Sponsor: Orcas Museum Steve Braun Memorial Triathlon.................................. September 2 Sponsor: Friends of Moran Deer Harbor Wooden Boat Festival............... September 3-5 Sponsor: Wooden Boat Society of SJI October 2018

Orcas Island Film Festival..............................................October 4-8: Various venues on Orcas November 2018

‘Hops on the Rock’ Beer Fest...........November 10. Sponsors: Island Market, Island Hoppin’ Brewery Eastsound Art Walk......................................... TBA. Sponsor: Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce Holiday Festival of Arts..........................................late November. Sponsor: Orcas Senior Center December 2018

Library Holiday Tea................................................. December 1. Sponsor: Friends of the Library Artisans’ Faire.................................................................. December 1 & 2: Odd Fellows Hall Eastsound Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting ������������������������������� December 7 (tentative) Sponsor: Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce

Celtic Christmas................................................... TBA. Sponsor: Orcas Island Community Church Santa’s Arrival at Deer Harbor..................................................Early December: Deer Harbor January 2019

Polar Bear Plunge................. January 1 at Cascade Lake. Sponsor: Orcas Island Rowing Association Orcas Island 25k race.................. January 26 at Moran State Park. Sponsor: Rainshadow Running February 2019

Orcas Island 50k race................... February 2 at Moran State Park. Sponsor: Rainshadow Running Orcas Island 100-mile race...... February 9-11 at Moran State Park. Sponsor: Rainshadow Running March 2019

Funhouse Science Fair.. March 30, Last Saturday in March at the Funhouse Sponsor: The Funhouse For more information please visit our website at: www.OrcasIslandChamber.com Or call or e-mail the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce: 360-376-2273 • Info@OrcasIslandChamber.com 35


Explore

Moran State Park

Moran State Park is a must see! The park has over 5,500 acres to explore by foot, bike, horse, boat or car. There are 38 miles of trails, 5 freshwater lakes, picnic areas, overnight camping, a vacation house rental and an overnight retreat center that holds up to 144 people. We have beautiful flora, fauna and water falls as well as scenic views from the trails and/or from the comfort of your vehicle. Cascade Lake has a swimming beach, a playground for the kids, and fishing for bass, trout or Kokanee (a land locked Salmon) stocked from our hatchery. Concessions provide quick snacks and rentals for kayaks, row boats and paddle boats. For the history buffs and architect enthusiasts, we have over 20 historical buildings that were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and ‘40s. The stone tower at the top of Mt Constitution contains information about Robert Moran and the CCC. The views from the top are spectacular. Interpretive panels provide information about panoramic views from the summit.  The Learning Center (open June-Sept) hosts guided hikes and naturalists to answer your questions. Just like the learning center, the Gift Shop (May-Sept) has something for everyone. Both are staffed by volunteers for Friends of Moran. All proceeds to Friends of Moran benefit Moran State Park projects and educational outreach. FOM is a 501(c)3 organization. Moran is open year-round, but campsites fill up early in the summer, so call ahead to 888-CAMPOUT. For more info, visit www.friendsofmoran.com or state parks at www.parks.wa.gov. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ friendsofmoranstatepark.   Discover Pass required.

The view from Mt. Constitution in Moran State Park

2018 Orcas Island Visitor Guide  

A visitor guide and business directory for Orcas Island. Information about the island, and listings for lodging, dining & activities.

2018 Orcas Island Visitor Guide  

A visitor guide and business directory for Orcas Island. Information about the island, and listings for lodging, dining & activities.

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